Safaricom introduces 4G+, the most advanced network in Africa

    Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO Photo: Courtesy

    Leading telco firm Safaricom has introduced 4G+ services in major towns on its networks, advancing its LTE Advanced (4G) proposition.

    This follows after the telco’s sustained investment in building a robust digital network that can enable its customers to browse faster as well as enjoy improved voice services.

    Commenting on a press release Bob Collymore, Safaricom boss affirmed that the faster speeds are meant to benefit customer as much as they can empower SMEs who can now use the internet for more commercial activities.

    Technically, 4G+ technology allows peak download speeds of 150Mbps, while 4G enables top speeds of between 60-100Mbps. In practical terms, this means that a 30-minute HD video should take a little over two minutes to download on 4G+, while the same video would take around eight minutes to download on standard 4G, such as that being trialed on other networks in the country.

    The technology also enables ‘Carrier Aggregation’, which allows users to benefit from increased bandwidth accessible through the aggregation of different LTE spectrum bands.

    The 4G+ stations will supplement the existing 4,677 2G sites, 3,517 3G sites and 1,103 4G sites on Safaricom’s network and will complement its proactive fibre rollout strategy that has seen over 50,000 homes and 1,500 commercial buildings passed by its high speed fibre links.

    Safaricom was the first operator in Kenya to roll out mobile data in 2003 on the 2G platform, later the company was the first to launch its 3G platform in 2007 and then 4G in 2016.